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Analysis Tom Windfield In The Glass Menagerie By Tennessee Williams

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The Glass Menagerie: Tom Wingfield
The story takes place from an indefinite point in the future; the events of the play are framed by memories. Tom Wingfield usually smokes and stands on the fire escape as he delivers his monologues. Tom remembers the winter and spring of 1937 in their apartment in St. Louis. The play is sentimental and not realistic. The main characters in this play are Amanda Wingfield appears to be a faded southern belle that has delusions of grandeur, controlling, pushy, a bit overwhelming, and is stuck in the past and how things used to be. She has been abandoned by what I understood to be her husband and the father of her two children Laura and Tom. Laura is the daughter of Amanda and the older sister of Tom that is slightly impaired not only physically but mentally. She lets her limp make her self-conscious, insecure and fragile –from this she has isolated herself from the outside world only interacting with her mother who treats her like a child and is very forceful and pushy with her and her brother who tries to treat her like there is nothing wrong with her, but he too treats her as fragile minded little girl. Tom is the son of Amanda and the younger brother of Laura. Tom is the narrator and the protagonist of the play, yet he is also a character in it. He is a worker at a shoe warehouse to support his sister and mother and himself. He despises his job and secretly wants to pursue his dream of being a poet. He wants to get away from his mother and sister and live his own life, but he is trapped by his guilt and not wanting to leave his sister. He fears that is he leaves they won’t be able to sustain themselves in their apartment seeing as since their father abandoned his mother he has taken over the role as the man of the house. The only bad thing about him being the man of the house is he is the only one working and paying the bills. They depend on him and he knows it, hence the guilty and trapped feeling he gets when he thinks about leaving them. Another important character in this play is Mr. Wingfield, Amanda’s absentee husband and the father of Laura and Tom. When they briefly discuss Mr. Wingfield they talk about how handsome and full of charm he was. That he worked for a telephone company and eventually “fell in love with long distance”, and left and began travelling thus abandoning his family 16 years prior to Tom’s recap of events in the play. Although he doesn’t actually appear on stage, he is frequently referred to by Amanda and his picture is prominently displayed in the Wingfield’s living room. This unseen character appears to have attributes that the writer of the play Mr. Tennessee Williams father has in real life. Jim O’Connor is an old friend of Tom and Laura’s from high school. He was in choir class with Laura, at the time she had a big crush on him and by the way she behaves when he is invited over by her brother she still does. When they were is school together he was very popular which intimidated...

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